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Turkish Press Review, 06-01-16

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

16.01.2006

FM GUL: “THE ROTATION OF US SOLDIERS ENDED IN 2004” PARLIAMENT’S WEEKLY SCHEDULE JORDANIAN AND BULGARIAN PMS TO VISIT ANKARA TURKISH CYPRIOTS COMMEMORATE FAZIL KUCUK GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES BIRD FLU COORDINATION CENTER IRANIAN OFFICIALS TRY TO SAVE TURKISH SPORTSMEN VORKINK: “AN EDUCATION REFORM WILL HELP TURKEY RESOLVE ITS UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM” EDUCATION MINISTER: “THE GOVT IS PLANNING TO APPOINT 16,000 TEACHERS NEXT MONTH” TUZMEN: “OIL PRODUCT EXPORT TO IRAQ COULD BE SUSPENDED” FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS MUMCU’S VISIT BY SUKRU KUCUKSAHIN (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] FM GUL: “THE ROTATION OF US SOLDIERS ENDED IN 2004”
  • [02] PARLIAMENT’S WEEKLY SCHEDULE
  • [03] JORDANIAN AND BULGARIAN PMS TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [04] GUL TO VISIT BRAZIL
  • [05] TURKISH CYPRIOTS COMMEMORATE FAZIL KUCUK
  • [06] GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES BIRD FLU COORDINATION CENTER
  • [07] IRANIAN OFFICIALS TRY TO SAVE TURKISH SPORTSMEN
  • [08] VORKINK: “AN EDUCATION REFORM WILL HELP TURKEY RESOLVE ITS UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM”
  • [09] EDUCATION MINISTER: “THE GOVT IS PLANNING TO APPOINT 16,000 TEACHERS NEXT MONTH”
  • [10] TUZMEN: “OIL PRODUCT EXPORT TO IRAQ COULD BE SUSPENDED”
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [12] MUMCU’S VISIT BY SUKRU KUCUKSAHIN (HURRIYET)

  • [01] FM GUL: “THE ROTATION OF US SOLDIERS ENDED IN 2004”

    Debates on whether the Incirlik Air Base was used during the rotation of US soldiers were carried to the agenda of the Turkish Parliament by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul made a written statement to the questions “whether the news on during ten thousands of US soldiers’ rotation the Incirlik Air Base was used are reflecting the truth” and stated that one permission was given to the US for the rotation. The statement said that the UN Security Council demanded from neighboring countries to Iraq to contribute to the international force in Iraq in order to meet the demands of security and stability of the Iraqi people and that Council of Ministers took a decision on June 23, 2003 to give the possibility to use the harbors, airports, facilities and the bases to friend and ally countries. Gul said that one permission to use the Incirlik Air Base was given during the rotation of US soldiers, and added, “The Incirlik Air Base hasn’t been used for the rotation of US soldiers performing in Iraq since April 1, 2004.” /Star/

    [02] PARLIAMENT’S WEEKLY SCHEDULE

    Parliament is due to start the week in quiet fashion, following the holiday of the Feast of the Sacrifice, with an expected general meeting about annual action plans related to the European Union accession period. The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group will invite the Advisory Board to a meeting on Wednesday and Thursday in order to deal with inspection issues rather than legislative action. EU chief negotiator Ali Babacan will inform the full parliament on Tuesday about the annual EU action plans. Following Babacan’s presentation, representatives of the AK Party, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) will voice their opinions on the subject. The parliamentary commission established to work on measures designed to prevent “honor” killings and violence against women and children will convene on Tuesday. Parliament’s EU Harmonization Commission will deal with bills related to passports and public inspection at a meeting on Thursday. /The New Anatolian/

    [03] JORDANIAN AND BULGARIAN PMS TO VISIT ANKARA

    Jordanian Prime Minister Maruf Bahit and Bulgarian Prime Minister Serguei Stanichev will visit Ankara this week after the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Jordan’s Bahit will be in Ankara today for a short working visit. During his visit, the current developments in the region, especially the situation in Iraq and Iran are expected to be discussed. Diplomatic sources state that Turkey and Jordan have a close consultation on the regional issues. Stanichev will come to Ankara on Jan. 17 for an official visit. /Star/

    [04] GUL TO VISIT BRAZIL

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is set to travel to Brazil tomorrow to pay a six-day official visit as part of Turkish government’s desire to further develop relations with Latin countries. Former President Suleyman Demirel was the latest Turkish official who visited Brazil in 1995. /Turkiye/

    [05] TURKISH CYPRIOTS COMMEMORATE FAZIL KUCUK

    Turkish Cypriots’ leader of fight for freedom Fazil Kucuk yesterday commemorated in Lefkosha marking 22nd anniversary of his death. In addition to leaders from political parties and institutions, President Mehmet Ali Talat issued messages underlining Kucuk’s efforts to ensure national unity during hard times of the nation. /Turkiye/

    [06] GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES BIRD FLU COORDINATION CENTER

    As part of Turkey’s efforts to cope with bird flu disease, the government decided to establish a Bird Flu Coordination Center, co-headed by the undersecretaries of the health and agriculture ministries. The center will be the sole body authorized to make public statements concerning developments on the disease. The provincial governors were asked not to make statements on the issue. Meanwhile, Fatma Ozcan, 12-year-old girl died yesterday in eastern province of Van. Ozcan will be the fourth victim of bird flu if it is confirmed. Her 5-year-old brother who was also being treated at the hospital for bird flu. The number of infected people currently in the country is 19. Furthermore, the World Tourism Organization and World Health Organization announced that the incidents in Turkey would not make any risks for foreigners who want to travel to the country. In addition, German and Russian travel operators stated that they didn’t believe that the disease would badly affect Turkish tourism. /Milliyet/

    [07] IRANIAN OFFICIALS TRY TO SAVE TURKISH SPORTSMEN

    Iran said yesterday that the kidnappers who grabbed three Turkish paragliders in the southern part of the country near the Pakistani border were the same as those who kidnapped nine Iranian soldiers earlier this month. Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said that they were in contact with the Turkish Embassy in Tehran, adding that Iranian officials were exerting enormous effort to save the kidnapped Turkish athletes and Iranian soldiers. The Turkish paragliders, Serdar Durna, Yurdaer Etike and Avni Ozan were kidnapped last month by Sunni Muslim rebels calling itself Jundallah in Iran’s southeastern borderlands. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] VORKINK: “AN EDUCATION REFORM WILL HELP TURKEY RESOLVE ITS UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM”

    World Bank Turkey Director Andrew Vorkink said yesterday that an education reform would help Turkey resolve its deep-rooted unemployment problem and boost its labor competitiveness in the European Union, which Turkey aspires to join. “Turkey will be one of the leading countries in the EU if it carries out an education reform hand-in-hand with the overall EU reform process,” said Vorkink. He further stated that the WB was ready to provide financial and technical assistance for Turkey to advance its education reform efforts, adding that this assistance would continue for Turkey’s harmonization with the EU. Vorkink stressed that Turkey’s education sector and labor markets weren’t ready for Turkey’s integration to the EU. /Turkiye/

    [09] EDUCATION MINISTER: “THE GOVT IS PLANNING TO APPOINT 16,000 TEACHERS NEXT MONTH”

    Education Minister Huseyin Celik said over the weekend that the government was planning to appoint some 16,000 teachers to public schools next month. Appearing on television, Celik said that another 11,000 teachers would be appointed within 2006, bringing the number of newly appointed teachers to around 27,000. He added that some 20,000 teachers retired last year, creating space for new teachers. Online applications for the new reaching positions are expected to start in early February. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] TUZMEN: “OIL PRODUCT EXPORT TO IRAQ COULD BE SUSPENDED”

    State Minister Kursat Tuzmen said yesterday that Turkish companies could suspend export of oil products on Jan. 21 if Iraq doesn’t pay the amount owing for previous shipments. “It is seen that if necessary measures won’t be taken, then the amount of Iraq’s debt will increase considerably,” he said. Tuzmen stated that Iraq has met an important part of its oil need from Turkey since May 2003, adding that Ankara exported more than 10 billion tones oil to Iraq. /Sabah/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [12] MUMCU’S VISIT BY SUKRU KUCUKSAHIN (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Sukru Kucuksahin comments on Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu’s visit to Pakistan. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “I appreciated Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu’s decision to spend some part of recent Sacrifice Festival holiday in Pakistan. What’s better, he brought the activities of Turkish aid institutions in the foreground throughout his visit. These institutions and their personnel already deserved this. Those personnel have been continuing to furnish service on behalf of Turkey, even if they suffer another drama everyday. The distance between the capital Islamabad and Muzaffarabad, where the greatest destruction was experienced, is covered with Karakurum Mountains. These mountains are full of settlements. I showed those mountains to two nurses and asked them how the people live there. The said that they considered those mountains in other way and that they saw those mountains as the sky and the lights above them as stars. What could I say? Isn’t the Muzafferabad another star? I also spoke to the Turkish Red Crescent’s (Kizilay) operation head Tahsin Reyhan, who has established the most organized tent cities and the second largest hospital in the region. He said, ‘The women in the region receive medical treatment from male doctors only from Turkey. People’s arms and legs are cut in most of the hospitals of certain countries, as it seems the easy way. We have never done that. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that only our hospital doesn’t chose the injured people. Only our hospital has the plastic surgeon and only the doctors of our hospital are borrowed by the hospital of other countries.

    Reyhan is also proud that they can send aid to such altitudes as 5,000 meters by waving the Turkish flag. He smiled when he said that they would stay in the region for two days more and that they forgot how they missed their families with the prayers they receive. Reyhan and his friends don’t complain about the hard conditions. In addition, Turkish Ambassador Kemal Gür said, ‘The people whose term of duty are supposed to be sorry, aren’t they? Some people left here during the Sacrifice Festival. They were all sad. They said that they hoped to come back soon.’ Not only Kizilay, but also other foundations should be appreciated for their contribution.”

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